National law firm Slater and Gordon today congratulated one of Australia’s most important surgical training research institutes saying it has played an important role in helping doctors better understand and treat the deadly asbestos related disease, mesothelioma.
The Baird Institute, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in October, was established in memory of the pioneering work of Professor Douglas Baird, a Sydney based cardio-thoracic surgeon.
Its charter is to focus entirely on clinical and surgical cardiothoracic conditions.
Ms Joanne Wade, senior asbestos lawyer with Slater and Gordon, said The Baird Institute has contributed like no other to the greater understanding of the treatment of many chronic conditions including asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma.
“For ten years The Baird Institute has focused on researching and educating doctors and other clinicians on diseases of the heart, lungs, chest wall and diaphragm that are treatable by surgery,” Ms Wade said.
“During this time its dedicated mesothelioma group has undertaken ground breaking work which has lead to some improvements in lifestyle and longevity for the sufferers of this incurable disease.”
Mr Donald Robb, from Tumbi Umbi on the NSW Central Coast, underwent an operation in 2010 to relieve the pain of his mesothelioma. He was cared for by doctors and nurses who work with The Baird Institute.
“The operation I had in 2010 to put talcum powder between the linings of my lungs meant I can breathe a bit easier and get around a little bit better,” Mr Robb said.
"While this operation is not a cure, it allows me a better lifestyle.
“Hopefully as work of the doctors, researchers and scientists at The Baird Institute continues, they will come up with something that gives hope to the sufferers of asbestos diseases," Mr Robb said.
Ms Wade said the incidence of asbestos related diseases will continue to rise in Australia over the next twenty years.
“The surgeons, physicians and nurses who work at The Baird Institute identify real problems experienced every day by real patients.
“The work The Baird Institute performs will hopefully one day contribute to a medical breakthrough to help the thousands of Australians who will be diagnosed with asbestos related diseases over the coming decades,” Ms Wade said.
Slater and Gordon is one of the major sponsors of the Institute’s 10 year anniversary dinner to be held on Wednesday 19 October at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf.